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Ibis Bay Beach Resort
Ranked #42 of 51 Hotels in Key West
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
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“Ok resort”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Rooms were clean, but not very big. Resort property is located on a main highway with pool facing the highway not the water. I think that the lighting in the room could have been better, in addition to adding a mirror outside of the bathroom. It was hard for multiple people to get ready at the same time with only one mirror in the bathroom. There also wasn’t a lot of room to hang clothes with no real closet and no iron or ironing board in the room. Stoned Crab restaurant on the property, but service was terrible. After waiting for 15 minutes for someone to take our order, we walked out. Resort is located outside of the action in Key West and not really in walking distance. You would need a car or taxi. We did rent bikes and ride to town and the beach during the day, but had to take a taxi after dark. This resort might be ok for someone who wants to be away from the action, but I would recommend staying closer to the downtown Key West area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank Emray42
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
A lot of guests like being able to get away from the hyper-busy downtown. But like you, others want to be in the center of it. Wherever you prefer, Key West is a great destination.
Our Value Rooms are quite small, but they are priced accordingly. You get more money to spend on your vacation. Next time, you may want to choose a different larger room type, particularly a waterfront room. They are literally on the beach. The view of Ibis Bay is beautiful.
I am distressed to hear that our Stoned Crab wait staff did not serve you in time. Our seafood is great but being ignored is not acceptable. I will bring your review to our weekly staff meeting to make sure my managers on duty are aware it happened. Thank you for pointing this out.
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Haliburton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2013

My wife and I were travelling through the southern United States from Canada and Key West was high on our list of places to see. We spotted this resort on our way and decided to take a look. I am glad we stopped. We had initially decided to stay one night but ended up staying two. The hospitality was amazing, the food was fresh (whatever was caught that day) and the rooms clean and comfortable. The owner took time to show me the catches of the day that came off the boat. We had a great time in Key West and this resort was fabulous. ( the stone crab is a must). No disapointments here at all.

Room Tip: rooms facing the water are a nice touch, but inner rooms are quieter...your choice
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
I am glad you found us and enjoyed yourselves. Key West is not a big island and it is flat so renting bikes from us is a great way to get around. Because three sides of the resort face Ibis Bay our Stoned Crab restaurant does too. It's exciting to see the boats come in with their catch. A lot of places around the world say "today's catch", with us you actually get to see it did come off the boat that afternoon. Thank you for taking the time to write your nice review. I hope we get to see you again.
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Canton, OH
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Decided last minute to go to KW and needed hotel but only had five day lead time before my arrival. The usual suspects were full, so DW and I tried Ibes Bay. Called hotel directly and saved big over booking w big guys. Stayed three days. Rooms very quiet and very clean. Staff friendly and they even have good, safe parking. Rented bikes with headlights right there and rode to Duval and the action. Many taxis in KW have bike racks and after too much fun, they took us and bikes back to hotel for $15. Pool bar was fun, afternoon bartender very friendly and attentive. Mattress felt nearly new. Dumpster of old furniture in parking lot around back - looks like major renovations on going. We look forward to next visit.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Booking directly saves guests and the hotel money. So we share our savings with those guests. They can get FREE room upgrades as well as lower rates. What's not to like. Thanks for pointing that out to other travelers. Sometimes, I think people don't believe its a better deal when we say it, so having a guest confirm it is very helpful. The FREE upgrade is advertised above in our Tripadvisor listing.
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We spent a week at the Ibis Bay Beach Resort in Key West. The rooms were comfortable, with air conditioning and a small patio with 2 chairs outside a sliding glass door. The bathrooms were quite small, with a shower stall that was "cozy". I am 6'4" and the stall was just large enough. The resort has a nice pool with a bar and plenty of lounge chairs. They also have an excellent restaurant. The beach area is small, but has chairs for relaxing.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Tom43230
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Staying a week, as you did, brings you down to a relaxing "island speed". I hope you got to get out on the water while you were here. Its a great way to de-stress and admire the marine life and coral reef. Thank you for your review and for being our guest. We appreciate both.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We spent 4 nights at the Ibis and our experience was wonderful. This is a small motel like resort, no lobby, no elevators. You just drive up to your room, get out of car and walk into room, nice! This resort is privately owned, not a big corporate chain. We met owner, super nice guy with plans for more improvements. The rooms are clean and very nice, they are small. Room had small kitchen with microwave and refrigerator. The staff was very kind and accommodating. Liked the pool. Liked the property, most of which has a good view of the water. There is some construction in the area on US-1. The resort is a few miles from downtown Key West but to me that is a good thing. We only had breakfast there once but it was as good as any of the places we visited. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank Mike S
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
We are privately and locally owned. We love Key West and we do everything we can to help our guests enjoy the island as much as we do. It sounds like you had a great time. I am glad you did. Thanks for choosing Ibis Bay and taking the time to write your review.
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2013

My wife and I really enjoyed staying at Ibis. The number of things to do on the resort (or booked through the Fun Desk) was really comprehensive. The Stoned Crab is great for breakfast and super convenient.

We booked an oceanview room and couldn't be happier with the view and accommodations.

Our minor complaints:
Housekeeping came very late in the day, so trying to coordinate when we could get into the room after some activities.
The cable for our TV went out the second day, we called maintenance and he couldn't fix it. He said he would pass that to them to fix. It never got fixed and when we mentioned it at checkout we got a "Oh, ok"

2 very minor complaints, but overall a great place to stay!

Room Tip: Stick to Oceanview
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank Likwidflux
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
I am glad you liked the resort so much and thank you for recommending us and the restaurant. Unfortunately, the local TV cable service to the hotel went down for a while. I apologize on their behalf. If it's an in-room issue we simply change out the flat screen or the cable box immediately. Someone should have explained that.
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2013

We spent one night here on a recent family trip to Key West (our first time in the Keys) and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Our room (with three queen beds) was large, comfortable, and clean, and our kids greatly enjoyed the hammocks right outside our door (on the waterfront). The weather was very chilly so we didn't make much use of the pool, but it was very nice (and they show old movies on a large screen next to the pool deck in the evenings -- nice touch!). There are also a lot of water sport opportunities through the hotel (though we didn't have enough time to take advantage of them). We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant ("The Stoned Crab") and enjoyed everything we ordered very much (and found the prices to be reasonable for the area -- hotel guests get a 10% discount at the restaurant). The restaurant staff were very accommodating and even kept the breakfast open later than usual when we were running late returning from a museum in the historic district. Yes, there's a lot of construction near the hotel, but we didn't find it too bothersome. All in all, a very enjoyable visit, and we'd definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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6 Thank kpinnc
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thanks for choosing Ibis Bay. We were just chosen by The Guardian Newspaper in London as one the 10 Best Budget Places to Stay in Florida. So, that's especially great for families to know. As you point out, there's lots to do. There are only 8 hotels in Key West on the water. We are the most affordable and the least stuffy. I hope you get a chance to visit with us again.
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Property: Ibis Bay Beach Resort
Address: 3101 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040-4118
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ibis Bay Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ibis Bay is exactly what you dream of when you imagine Key West. It's a friendly, quirky resort with design and colors inspired by 1950s Havana. The landscaped white sand beach leads right up to the beachfront guest rooms, and guests can jump right into the beautiful bay for swimming, snorkeling and take jet skis, kayaks or paddle boards right from our dock! The staff are all Key West locals who love the island and want our guests to enjoy their stay. We have exclusive attractions like our poolside Dive-In Movies every Wednesday night on a 20ft screen by the pool, plus Nightboarding nightime LED-lit paddleboarding and kayaking! Wildlife abounds on our grounds including huge tortoises, lots of large colorful parrots, local iguanas (don't touch!) and our namesake, the very pretty ibis birds. In the mood for some fun? Ask our Fun Desk concierge about our jet ski, scooter and electric car rentals on site plus paddle board, kayaks and kiteboard rentals on the beach. They can also recommend off-site activities, restaurants, tours and local attractions. We have 80 hammocks for lazing about, and an amazing restaurant called The Stoned Crab that has two of its very own fishing boats delivering fresh crab, shrimp, lobster and fish every day! What are you waiting for? ... more   less 
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